stray cats...u know how to pet them???

Philippines
February 11, 2007 11:48pm CST
outside our house there are two yellowish orange stray cats n love looking at them but the problem is can i stay them at home to be my pet??? i don't know if they'll like me and im so confused., what would i do to them??? but im trying to be there friend by giving them food... whats the best way to do??? i love cats but... many buts... that i couldn't even formulate what problems may occur and how to solve them... do help meh... ill be glad to hear all of you out!!! thanks...
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@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
13 Feb 07
i have one orange cat. i found her lying one day under one of our trees. i went near him and found a big scar on his belly. someone threw boiling water on his body. and saw that he was so much in pain. he won't allow me to touch him. evertime i tried to, he gave me an attack kind of look. so, what i did was, i gave him food and water and stayed far from him. i was happy that he ate what i gave him and drank a lot of water as well. i did this to him everyday since he was staying on our yard for shelter. maybe he knew that noone will hurt him here. until one day, (three weeks after my first meeting with the cat), he allowed me to touch him already. and days passed, he allowed me to carry him. it was such a nice feeling for me. and oh, by the way, talking to the cat seems crazy, but i did it everyday with him until now. and it seems to work. somehow, they do understand us.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 07
it really does help because cats have feelings seem to be connected to humans.,ihope im right thanks friend for the comment
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• United States
12 Feb 07
first keep them together when they want to be together. dont try to separate them. working with cats takes a great deal of patience. but kudos for trying to adopt them. i have helped many stray cats and helped raise five litters from birth to adoption. definately keep feeding them, try to keep it to a schedule. like feed them in the morning around a certain time and in the evening. when they notice a pattern they will start to show up regularly. maybe make them a bed outside out of old towels, shirts etc. then after they let you pet them and trust you (you will be able to tell) open the door to your house. if they dont run in immediately maybe coax them with food. when they get in your house watch them closely they will want to explore. but still, let them have space. if at any time they start to claw at furniture or go to the bathroom in the house. dont scare them. just pick them up gently and put them on another task. i would recommend having a litter box ready and place them in that first so they will know where it is, they should be automatically drawn to it. if they ever get spooked or want out immediately let them out. dont make them feel trapped. some cats would rather be mostly outside, others dont. you just have to work with them and see what they are like. good luck
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• Philippines
13 Feb 07
im makin a great accomplishments from ur comments., thanks so much friend
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@RevathyB (46)
• India
12 Feb 07
u can domestic a kitten and not a cat...if the kitten is within one month old u can very well take it home..but a grown up one is really hard as it wud've developed its own habbits...the grown up ones steal food and milk..so if it has got the bad habbits then u cannt change it..i have a kitten which i gave shelter... just try going near them if they snear then u must be careful...for a day or two put some milk in a small bowl and feed them they wud understand u r trying to be friends with them..then trying just touching them ..if they dont do anything try catching it just be sure u dont make them angry/scared..if the kittens get scared they will scratch u..then growing kitten is the most easiest thing ..they are very clean animals...
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• United States
12 Feb 07
First of all when trying to domesticate a stray animal give them space to eat, and over a period of time start staying a bit closer to the area that you feed them, don't startle them or it will take forever to get them comfortable to be around you. When trying to pet them put a little of their food in your hand and let them sniff your hand and the food. Ever so slowly raise your other hand and gently place it on their side or back and gently stroke them. Don't rush things cause it could make it very unenjoyable thing for both of you. If you are wishing for them to be indoor pets, make sure you take them to the vet first and get them checked out thoroughly for illnesses, infections, fleas, etc. etc.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
thnks my dear., ill do just like that., hope it'll works fine with me too thank you
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• United States
13 Feb 07
You're welcome. I hope that soon you are able to enjoy their company instead of just looking at them.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
Well I'd say feed them. That usually keeps any animal around. Feed them, feed them lots. They will eventually trust you. Truly wild cats can be tamned. It takes patience. We own a cat, that was wild till she was 11 weeks old. She still is freaked out all the time. Well hope this helps :))
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
it really does help me alot and thank you for ur nice comment., now i can hold them even just still outside...
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@runsgame (2034)
• India
13 Feb 07
well, u will come to means accustomed to that in a span of time . just call them and try to feed them and touch them gently and try to speak with them . they will understand your talk and will be more close to you slowly. later on take care of them feed them properly and give proper medicines in case of need
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• Philippines
13 Feb 07
thanks so much for the comment mah dear friend and ill do just like that you help me alot thanks
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@minerc (1373)
• United States
12 Feb 07
What you do is get a big empty box turn it on its side and put some food in it, shut most of the flaps on the box by taping them leave one open for the cats to go in. When they go in there to get the food tip it up and shut the other flap carry it inside and let the cat stay in there you put on some gloves and reach in there and pet the cat every little while make sure it has water and food and the cat will tame down. Sometimes it only takes a couple of hours sometimes it takes a couple of days, do not release it until you can pick it up and hold it with your bare hands you should be able to tell if it is calmming down or not. Good Luck. I have done it this way with many stray cats and it works for me.
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
thanks so much for your idea i'll try it with the cutie stray cats outside., hope it'll works for meh too thank you
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• United States
13 Feb 07
If you have the time for this, this would be the best way to go about making them your friends. First off, do they run if they see you? If they do then they are not reay to be your friends yet. It sounds like you are feeding them. Let them know you are the one feeding them. Let them see you put the food out or let them see you while they eat. While they are eating talk to them. Nice and soft and in almost baby talk. It may sound silly but it will work. The biggest thing though is to give them their space. Let them make the first move. After a while of this then just try inching your way closer to them. If they look like they are going to run then you need to stop, slowly back off while talking to them. They may not want to be touched and they might have some dieses, you never know so you may want to call an animal hospital and have them catch them and find out. Good luck and be careful, they are wild animals.
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
13 Feb 07
It takes a lot of time to earn the trust of a stray. There were 4 or 5 that lived under our trailor when my husband and I first got married. It took months of me sitting quietly while offering food to them before a couple of them finally let me pet them. There were still a couple that hadn't allowed me to touch them yet. They would come when I called, but they wouldn't get close enough for me to touch. When we moved it about broke my heart to have to leave them. They weren't that at ease around us to even attempt to take them along, even though I had been working on it for almost a year. You might never get them close enough to pet them. It depends on their past. If human hurt them in their past, they might never trust humans again. Keep giving them food and talk softly to them. Let them know that they are calling the shots. Don't move to fast toward them. Sit near their food, but don't try to touch them. After a while they will accept you sitting their while they are eating and then they might move closer to you. It will take a lot of time and patience, but it can be done. Just don't rush them or it will set any progress back as they won't trust you anymore. Good luck!
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I would leave them outside as strays and let them come visit you. Put food and water out for them in small cat bowls. We had a stray cat in our alley way. He used to come and visit me all the time. After awhile, he started bringing me presents such as birds, squirls and even rabbits. If you are going to bring them into the house and try to domesticate them, I would strongly recommend first taking them to the vet for checkups. You may find however, they are perfect where they are and are just looking for a friendly hand out of food.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 07
In my case, I usually dont mind them since there have been a lot of stray cats that's been visiting my backyard. They can mingle with my pet cats & they can share their food for as long as they like... But if ever that they will cause any cat fights at my backyard, I will be forced to throw the stray cats out...
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
i still don't have cats of my own bcoz my parents won't allow me., thats why when i saw those yellow arange cats and told my parents bout it., they got the like of that cats., thats why im makin sure., o could get them., thank you friend for the comment
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